In the final days of their special session the Texas Legislature passed a new law requiring Texans applying for or renewing their drivers’ licenses to prove that they are citizens of the US or in the country legally. This is a little-noticed amendment to the must-pass education funding bill, language slipped in by Rep. Jim Watts, R-Waxahachie, now gives legal status to a policy implemented by the Texas Department of Public Safety [DPS] since 2008. The bill – which is still controversial – now allows the DPS to tie the expiration dates of licenses to immigrants’ legal status, so their licenses expire at the same time as their visas.
If you are a U.S. citizen and your Social Security number is on file with the DPS, you can – according to their website – renew your driver’s license online. This, btw, means you do not have to undergo the otherwise required test of your eyesight.
For more information, read the story in the San Antonio Express-News.
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